Begin to Begin: a piece about dead ends sets in motion a rhyme about dying, playing with the idea of mortality to make it profound, yet unfrightening.
The work is based on a dirge; a song for the dead. Recacha creates her own mourning song based on the nonsensical familiar English rhyme Michael Finnegan. Michael becomes the figure we mourn, and with him, memories that belong to our childhood are buried and left behind. Michael is a celebration of all that we once had, and his funeral must be joyous, singular and repeated for each of us.
“meticulously crafted, beautifully performed” Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
“highly composed movement vocabulary which explores, very beautifully, notions of weight and collapse” Luke Jennings, The Observer
“A brilliant interrogation of form” Lindsey Winship, TimeOut
“Best of 2011” Lindsey Winship, TimeOut
“a powerful and thought provoking work” Graham Watts, Ballet.co
Begin to Begin was commissioned by The Place and Bloomberg for The Place Prize.
Choreography: Eva Recacha in collaboration with Eleanor Sikorski, Juan Corres Benito and Lola Maury
Sound design: Alberto Ruiz Soler
Lighting Design: Gareth Green
Costume design: Eleanor Sikorski
Performance: Antonio de la Fe/Juan Corres Benito, Eleanor Sikorski and Lola Maury
Co-writers: Eleanor Sikorski, Eva Recacha, Juan Corres Benito and Lola Maury